Each March, as we prepare to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I remember those yummy, bright green Shamrock Shakes that I used to look forward to as a child. The thing is, now that I eat a much more natural diet, they just don’t taste quite so good to me anymore. Also, since my children have food sensitivities, they would bounce off the walls if they drank something that was so obviously artificially colored. So, a couple of years ago, I started looking for a recipe to make my own.
This is how we make ours:
- 4 cups of all natural vanilla ice cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1½ cups whole milk (you could substitute any milk that you prefer)
- For green color, add 1 cup of spinach, kale, or peppermint leaves
- For a sweeter shake, add 1 tablespoon of sugar
Blend well and top with whipped cream. Serves: 3-4
The original recipe that I found calls for a tablespoon of sugar, but I didn’t add any sugar this time. My family’s feedback was that it wasn’t necessary. I also used some peppermint leaves that I had saved from my peppermint plant and frozen last summer, but I ended up adding spinach, too, in order to get the light, mint green color that I was looking for. You honestly cannot taste the spinach and the benefit of using it is that it adds some nutrition.
This milkshake is dye free and Feingold friendly, although the use of peppermint and spinach make this a Stage 2 recipe.
I hope you enjoy making and drinking your own Shamrock Shake as much as we do.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!